Members of Congress are to send President Bush a letter calling for the United States to oppose an EU-led initiative to give duty-free, quota-free access to Least Developed Countries (LDC's), including Bangladesh.

US Representatives Howard Coble of North Carolina and John Spratt of South Carolina, co-chairs of the House Textile Caucus, are among those who also want the Administration to endorse a separate textile sectoral in the ongoing WTO Doha Development Round negotiations. 

African, Central American, Andean, Mexican, and US textile trade groups are opposing the EU-led initiative.
 
A textile sectoral raises the possibility of allowing textile and apparel products to receive different tariff and regulatory treatment compared to other industrial goods within the WTO's Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) talks. 

A WTO ministerial meeting for these negotiations will take place in Hong Kong, China next week, December 13-18.